Grants | PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History: Call for Applications

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  • On Wednesday, may 22, 2019

The PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History
Applications due Saturday, June 1, 2019


The PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History recognizes a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement. The winner will receive a $10,000 grant to help maintain or complete his or her ongoing project. Oral history must be a significant component of the project. Writers must submit a work-in-progress of literary nonfiction, and projects must also be the work of a single individual, written in English. More information on eligibility and guidelines can be found here.

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted from April 1, 2019 through June 1, 2019.

Who Is Eligible:

  • The submitted project must be the work of a single individual, writing in English. 
  • The project must be an unpublished work-in-progress.
  • The project must be a work of literary nonfiction (scholarly/academic writing is not eligible).
  • Oral history must be a significant component of the project and its research.

How to apply:

Please submit your application below. Please note that the application will require:

  1. A 1-2 page, single-spaced description of the work, its importance, and why the author chose to undertake this project. 
  2. A 1-2 page, single-spaced statement explaining why and how oral history was used in the project. This space can additionally be used to discuss any permissions, rights, or other aspects of your project. 
  3. A 300-500 word statement explaining how a grant would aid in the completion of the project. 
  4. A CV for the author of the project, which should include information on any previous publications.
  5. An outline that includes the work completed thus far and the work remaining. The outline should include the names of all participants.
  6. Transcripts of the project interviews (6-10 pages).
  7. A writing sample from the project (20-40 pages).

If you have any further questions, please reach out to the Literary Awards Team at awards@pen.org.